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BJ Penn’s Long, Hard Road Comes To End At TUF 19 Finale

B.J. Penn

Former UFC champion BJ Penn looked like a shell of his old self Sunday night, falling via third round TKO to Frankie Edgar at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale.

The stoppage loss was the first for Penn since Georges St-Pierre forced his corner to throw in the towel in 2009. Prior to that, the only other fighter to stop Penn was Matt Hughes in 2006.

“Frankie did a great job,” Penn said. “I shouldn’t have come back against a top-level fighter like Frankie. I gotta agree (with Dana White) at this point (and retire).”

Penn hadn’t competed in almost two years, as he debated making a return after a loss to Rory MacDonald. His most recent win came in 2010 when he floored Hughes via knockout at UFC 123. His mother and father were in attendance, and Penn was very emotional walking out to the Octagon.

3 COMMENTS
  • Dufresne says:

    I shouldn’t have come back against a top-level fighter like Frankie. I gotta agree (with Dana White) at this point (and retire).
    He’s right, he shouldn’t have come back against a top-level fighter like Frankie. But to be honest, I don’t think he should have come back at all. He didn’t seem motivated during TUF and his game plan in the fight was perplexing at best. I honestly think BJ’s biggest problem these last 5 years has been that he surrounds himself with “yes” men, whether he means to or not. Maybe when you’re as dominant as he was people start to just assume you’re in the right, even when you’re not and I think that has really impacted his training.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I just read an article today from his original boxing instructor that claims he hasn’t trained BJ for the past 2 yrs. That Penn had new people in to teach him this new style, because according to the report, his old style of bending his knees and sitting on the punch tired him out to much, and standing straight and tall didn’t.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    another problem with BJ is he never took an easy fight,
    i’d love to see him fight the likes of Nate Diaz, Gray Maynard, Gilbert Melendez at 155, or KZ, Dennis Bermudez, or Denis Siver at 145. Not saying they’re easy fights, but at least these guys would stand in front of him and trade. at least he’d have more of a chance than fighting someone with endless cardio who runs all over the place, or huge fighters that will over power him at 170.

    even take a gimme fight against Nam Phan or Jeremy Stephens who he’s guaranteed to beat

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